January 19, 2018

Night Photography: Get Rid of the Noise

Christmas on Knobhill | Photographer Francois Swart, FC Schwartz Photography

Christmas on Knobhill | Photographer Francois Swart, FC Schwartz Photography

 

This photo of Santa, and his beautiful Christmas tree was taken on Knobhill Road, San Marcos and is part of my Christmas Lights collection.

In general people find it difficult to take high quality photos at night. The big secret lies in the way you handle the light, and of course, the editing.

When it comes to the exposure, I make use of my in-camera histogram to make sure that I have captured as much data as possible in both the dark (left) and light (right) areas of the graph. I will discuss the interpretation of the histogram in a future blog.

When it comes to editing, it is important in night photography to first do your noise reduction before starting the editing process. If you don’t do that, all enhancements will also enhance the noise, as the editing software will interpret the noise as part of the detail in the photo.

Therefore, LESSON 1 in night photography, FIRST do the NOISE REDUCTION, THEN embark on the editing journey.

Good luck!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!